Today’s kids grow up with “black box” phones, computers and gadgets that come in beautiful packages, but leave no room for tinkering or understanding how they work.
At Piper we believe it is critical to understand how technology works in order to make sense of our environment and invent the future.
The Piper Computer Kit comes with everything you need to assemble your own computer. Inside, you will also find our revolutionary learning system that teaches kids engineering and programming through a combination of engaging storyline, physical building, and Minecraft gameplay.
The kit contains:
Beautiful, handcrafted wooden computer case with HD LCD display
Fully functioning computer running on a Raspberry Pi 3 Project Board. 1GB RAM. 1200 MHz QuadCore CPU
Electronic gadgets including LED lights, buzzers, buttons, switches, sensors and more
Cables to connect the screen, Pi and 6600 mAh powerbank together
8 square foot laminated blueprint explaining how to assemble your Piper Computer
USB mouse with a retractable cable
An 8GB SD card that holds your game progress and keeps your creations safe
Custom Minecraft Pi adventure that you play by building and programming electronic modules
Wifi enabled gameplay for multiplayer, new downloadable levels, and sharing capabilities
Free automatic level updates
It even comes with a Piper Screwdriver!
Piper is for Everyone!
We’ve spent over a year building and testing Piper to make it simple enough for anyone as young as 5 and as old as 75 to play! We find that Minecraft lovers between 6 and 12 especially dig it!
Regardless of your experience with Minecraft or physical engineering, we’ve created something that you can pick up and start playing right away!
Piper is based on 3 principles:
1. Learning should be indistinguishable from playing a game
2. Hands-on building is critical for engagement and understanding
3. Anyone, of any age, can begin to create
Endorsed by the world’s greatest Inventors
The Piper Computer Kit was Inspired by the hackers and makers who invented the first computers, and has been endorsed by Steve Wozniak. Steve said “I love Piper because it represents what enabled me to do all the great technology things in my life”
Handcrafted Wooden Components
Your budding inventor can assemble the 50+ puzzle-like pieces to make a beautiful wood case and power-up boxes. The kit comes with full scale blueprint instructions. Assembling your first computer is challenging and fun, so teamwork and cooperation is encouraged!
Piper Learning System
Each kit comes with the Piper learning system that teaches kids engineering and programming through a combination of engaging storyline, physical building, and Minecraft Pi gameplay. The increasingly challenging levels help teach new electronics and programming concepts step by step.
Programmable Electronics Modules
Through Piper you can assemble complex electronic circuits and make programmable modules that interact with your Minecraft world. You can build real, physical electronics such as buttons, switches, LED lights, sensors, buzzers and more to design your own Minecraft dashboard which allows you to better control your character in the game.
Piper’s mission is to empower the inventors of tomorrow by giving them the tools to build creatively today.
When we were young, we were encouraged to ask questions and challenge assumptions. This led us to pursue world-changing ideas and desire to make the world a better place than we left it. We believe it’s important to encourage kids’ curiosity from a young age. We are creating products that inspire kids to see the world as malleable rather than static; to see technology as pieces and parts brought together by a higher vision rather than magical devices handed down from above. We believe that with the right tools and inspiration, anyone can become a creator.
We are making the tools to inspire the inventors of tomorrow.